General Election 2019 – Scrap 6 Months
10 people die every day waiting for a decision on their disability benefits claim. People with MND don’t have time to wait.
Ahead of the 2019 general election on 12 December, the MND Association has joined forces with Marie Curie to seek commitment from all parliamentary candidates to reform the welfare benefits system for people diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Many people with MND are unable to access the Special Rules for Terminal Illness (SRTI) fast track process to help them get the welfare benefits they need quickly and sensitively. Instead, they are forced to fill in long forms, attend face to face interviews and even go into job centres to discuss work aspirations.
Currently, only those who are likely to die within six months are eligible to claim benefits using the SRTI fast track process. This unfairly excludes people with unpredictable terminal illnesses like MND where it is almost impossible to give a precise life expectancy.
We want the next government to scrap the six-month rule and replace it with the judgment of a clinical specialist. This policy change was passed by the Scottish Government in 2018 and received cross-party support. We want the same change enacted across the rest of the UK. Only then will everyone who is terminally ill be able to access benefits quickly and sensitively.
To help secure this, we are encouraging all parliamentary candidates to publicly support this issue by pledging to Scrap 6 Months and help all people living with a terminal illness to access welfare benefits quickly and sensitively.
The Association is encouraging all MND Association supporters to get in touch with their parliamentary candidates and ask them to take the pledge. Find out how you can get involved at www.mndassociation.org/scrap6months